1) A regional alternative to ‘gap’, in the sense of a customary opening in a boundary fence. It marked the right of way and would have a name.

1573 the ancient waie to the saide close entreth at a gapstead called Ravenroot Oxegapp, Methley. It need not have a gate but one was sometimes put in place, as in a deed for New Mill near Holmfirth which is still in private hands: 1682 shall set and fix … stone dearnes in two gapsteads and make and keep two sufficient yates in the said gapsteades.

places Methley
dates 1573

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